Columbia River Highway

ZOOM RECORDING: Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D. – Drive to Oregon Down the Famed Columbia River Highway

Recorded Wednesday, September 20th: Come along for a ride down the Columbia River Highway, America’s First Highway. This route was constructed from 1913 to 1922 east of Portland, Oregon, along the south shore of the Columbia River. In nearly 80 miles, it offered motorists magnificent views of a wonderful collection of waterfalls and many scenic vistas. Register

“There’s no way like the American Way” billboard - Photo credit: Margaret Bourke-White

ZOOM RECORDING: Andrea Vesentini – The Black Experience on America’s Roads in the 20th Century

Recorded Wednesday, July 23, 2023: Join Andrea Vesentini, cultural historian residing in Venice, Italy as he discusses whether inclusion can really be provided by vehicles designed to privatize each driver’s movement across urban space? Was Jim Crow really subverted by private transportation, or was it exacerbated by a mode of circulation that did not disallow segregation, giving everyone a chance to be “separate but equal” on the open road?